Why I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone

galaxy_S3_1I just recently bought a new Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. Some of you might think that it was a stupid choice, because Samsung has already released the Samsung Galaxy S4 with better specifications and new features. Most people always want the newest technology, just because it is new and not always because it is better or they actually need it. In most cases the new phones are very expensive because the companies know that a lot of people just want to have the new model no matter what it cost. The thing is that you can make a very good deal if you go for last year’s model instead of the newest model from Samsung, Apple, Nokia, HTC or whatever model you prefer.

So why did I chose the older S3 over the new hi-tech S4?

For one thing I got a got price that was more than half the price of the new Samsung Galaxy S4. I also looked at the new features of the S4 to figure out if I needed them. A 5-inch full HD screen in 1920 x 1080 is amazing for a smartphone, but 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 HD screen is pretty good too, and a lot better than my previous smartphone. The Galaxy S4 comes with an amazing 13 MP rear camera, but again the S3 has a pretty great 8 MP rear camera that is still pretty amazing compared to other smartphones. For instance has the iPhone 4 only a 5 MP camera. The S4 does also have a better battery, at least in theory. The S4 has a 2,600 mAh battery compared with the 2,100 mAh for the S3, but the thing is that the S4 also has a bigger screen and a faster processor that needs more power. All in all I ended up choosing to buy the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S3 and so far I love it 🙂

Specification of Samsung Galaxy S3galaxy_S3_2

  • OS – Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor – Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Display – 4.8 inches 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera – 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Battery – Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery
  • MemoryInternal: 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  • Memory – Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Dimensions – 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Do you always buy the newest model?

Now it is your turn. Do you always want the newest model when it comes to smartphones or do you like me consider getting last year’s model to get a good price? Please drop me a comment below.

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67 Responses to Why I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone

  1. logistico says:

    Samsung Galaxy S3 is pretty nice for the user who has needs that this smartphone can provide enough. But for the user who needs more applications for his work or developing and applications, better the new one so that the output of development will not be outdated.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Hi Thomas, Congratulations on getting your new phone! Like you, I don’t always want the latest tech. If your tech is working fine for you, then no need to spend the extra money on the latest version.

    Obsolescence is always a danger with tech, but I bet the S3 will last you a long time.

    I have an iPhone 4S and have no desire to get the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has the new lightning port, meaning all of my cables and docks would be incompatible with the iPhone 5, I may skip the next iPhone as well because I don’t want to have to switch to the lightning port.

    I supposed some day I’ll have to switch but I want to postpone that day as long as possible!

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Carolyn
      I am glad to here that I am not the only one that think that way. I hate Apple for make changes to their cables and docks all the time. I switch from a HTC to a Samsung phone and can use the same cables and chargers 🙂

  3. swapnil says:

    welcome to the club.. galaxy rules…

  4. Frank Cern says:

    If I can get a good deal, then how can I pass it up? The S3 is actually not so far behind the S4 specifications wise, so it’s still a very good phone. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Mark says:

    Samsung galaxy S3 is far better than Iphone 4.. Thanks for the Review and specification.

  6. Pavan Deshpande says:

    Hi thomas firstly congratulation for your s3 and your comparison with s4 is pretty good and even i too like your choice

  7. Gagandeep says:

    I think S3 has much better Specs according to its affordability. So S3 is actually better than S4

  8. vikram says:

    I recently purchase Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s an amazing smart phone, but i think i should have waited for S4.

  9. Dave Graham says:

    I grabbed the S4 unlocked from Google Play. this allows me a greater level of flexibility overall and I tend to keep my phones a LONG time.

  10. Juan says:

    untul now, i’m just using Samsung Galaxy S Advance

  11. Hi Thomas,

    I also have Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone since last 6 to 8 months and it is working extermely fine. As compared to S4 it has less features, but it is worth having as it has great features compared to iphone devices. I love to play games and listen to music and S3 is compatible with every game that is available on Google Play Store. Android is way ahead of iPhone in usability. I am one of the Android lovers.

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  13. Shalin says:

    Recently a friend of mine was struggling between 3 phone. S3, S4 and grand. I advised him to go for the latest S4, since it had the most latest hardware and it was future OS ready. But his needs were too small and he finally bought galaxy grand and he is happy with it.

  14. Sneha says:

    Galaxy 3 is awesome smart phone i have this one and i like this great features.

  15. Pramod says:

    Galaxy S3 is no doubt better than many smartphone available in the market .S3 may have been the best phone that have fit your requirements ..hence, you purchased it .Specifications of S3 are awesome and might be the best in the list of smartphones falling in the price range that you bought the Galaxy S3.Anyways , congrats for having a new Phone.


  16. Jake says:

    The Galaxy S3 is a very good phone, so you’ve made the right choice. The image is clear and crisp, the cpu is fast enough for any app, and it’s “big” enough if you like big screens.

    Anyway, my dream phone is still the S4, but as you said, the price is very high.

  17. John says:

    Galaxy S3 is no doubt amazing phone..I remember when last year it was released it was compared to iPhone 5..now GS4 has launched and that is also compared to iPhone 5 😛

  18. John Garrett says:

    I have to admit that the Galaxy S3 makes me envious (coming from an iPhone user).

    My friend has it and I like it a lot. I wouldn’t be upset if Apple would do some blatant copying and emulate it 🙂

    • Thomas says:

      Hi John
      I think that Samsung S3 and S4 really is taking up the fight with iPhone. As a consumer it is a great thing that both companies have to compete on both technology and prices. Thanks for dropping by my blog John 🙂

  19. himanshu says:

    Ooh you have your points to buy it but i don\’t like S3 any more.

  20. Rajendra Dhanotiya says:

    I think Samsung galaxy S3 is far better than Iphone 4.. Thanks for the Review and specification.

  21. Personally, if I would buy a Samsung phone, I would install the original version of Android because the ones you get from telecom providers come with a lot of applications that I do not need. The original interface is also more user-friendly.

  22. Simran says:

    Well, you made good choice and i also have Galaxy S3 device. Its superb..

  23. QuynhLan says:

    Recently, I quite confuse about using S3 or S4. I really like how S4 can do, you know about its high tech features. But my friend recommended me S3 is better with lower price. I really don’t which one is better. After reading your post, I think I have my own choice. Thank you!

  24. Jon Sansom says:

    Hi Thomas,

    I am pretty much satisfied with you when it comes to choosing the phone which suits you best instead of buying the new cell phone with better technology.

    As they surely provide better technology but it doesn’t mean that they will make you satisfied with its performance as well. If you compare S2 wit S3 as well you will find that S2 wins the race. Its just the matter of little changes made to the latest phones to attract the customers. The main point should be to make full use of the product not devaluing it with the technological trends.

  25. Suraj Pande says:

    The Galaxy S3 is a very nice peice, so you have made the right choice. The image is fresh and crisp, the RAM is fast enough for any app, and it hava clear display

  26. Mani says:

    Samsung s4 is better than S3 but price is too high 🙁 You made a right decision 🙂

  27. Imran Aftab says:

    Whatsoever, You’re right but then I went for Galaxy S4 because of its slim design and big screen resolution and hopefully will get soon Android KitKat Update. However it was a bit expensive but if you look at the specs package then it is a reasonable price.

  28. Julia Roberts says:

    Samsung Galaxy S is the best android SmartPhone in the market. Slim body, Medium large HD supported display, High processor speed make this android phone different from other android device. I read your specification and review on Samsung Galaxy S 3. It was very informative.

  29. I want to know, will Galaxy S3 receive Kitkat Android update ?

  30. Harshit Jain says:

    Samsung galaxy S3 phone is really excellent, Flow, performance, touch are mind blowing..
    Totally awesome headset for me..

  31. SamsungPakistan says:

    i is very difficult to take decision when you are going to buy any new smartphone. i am new user of galaxy s5 and i am not still satisfied with it

  32. Jimmy says:

    Hm.. How about today? Which smartphone do you use?

  33. Ajmal Khan says:

    I am a kind of guy who does not regulary change smartphones! 😛 I bought Samsung galaxy S3 phone when it was initially released in my country and it is really excellent with respect to Flow, performance, software updates and touch are mind blowing.

  34. Harsh says:

    No doubt Samsung Galaxy S3 is brilliant phone still now. The price tag with which it comes is perfect for the product. Nice choice 🙂

  35. Vinicio says:

    I usually take those facts into consideration whenever a new phone model comes to the market, if it were my very first phone I would buy the latest model and then keep it for a couple of years, but I like to fact to you’re keeping things simple by choosing to S3 over the newer S4

  36. hasan says:

    i use samsung galaxy s3. this is a nice android smartphone and fast

  37. Asmi Khalil says:

    Ah..Wise choise! if you arent a mobile hardcore gamer why paying an extra $200 to buy the S4? even in 2015, the galaxy S3 still a beast! The bad part of it it has only 1 Gig of ram, this is very limited when it comes to multitasking but the CPU, GPU and display are wonderful!

  38. Tech Warn says:

    Hi there and thank you for your review. Really helpful. Yeah…Samsung Galaxy S3 is ok.. but i think the best is to come.. Samsung Galaxy S6 because it will already have Android 5.0 installed, which is the best. Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update already available… I don’t know about  Galaxy S3

  39. Anubhav says:

    Samsung Galaxy S3 is a smartphone that changed the course of Samsung and its Galaxy series and look how far the company has reached now Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the smartphone that can compete with Apple iPhone of same generation.

  40. i agree with you.Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone is really amazing consisting awesome feature which every one like to have…

  41. pradeep says:

    Hi, thomas i am Completely agree that you choose Galaxy S phone.. these are really high performing phones. recently i have placed my Galaxy S6 edge pre booking order..
    love these great phones.

  42. Hunain Ahmed says:

    In 2015. I still rock with an s3. Although there are many other greater versions like s4 or s5.

    s3 is a nice, fast, and great android samsung s series smartphone.

  43. Samsung galaxy S3 are slightly hanged the comparsion of S4.It Galaxy S4 specification is much better than Galaxy S3.

    • Thomas says:

      First of all this post is almost 2 years old. The S4 for sure has better specs in the S3, but it is also a much more expensive phone. At least it was 2 years ago where I bought my Samsung Galaxy S3.

  44. Rahul says:

    really nice phone. My friends is using this phone and he is happy to use it.

  45. Vins says:

    In my case I do not buy the latest smartphone available unless the specs and the features is far beyond on the current device that I’m using. If it’s just a matter of few clock speed and camera improvement then I will passed and will wait for new generations.

  46. Linzo says:

    No doubt, Samsung Galaxy S3 just rocks. I’m still using mine…and I’m just cool with it!

  47. Ankit Raghav says:

    i have also a samsung galaxy s3. it is awesome smartphone.

  48. Richard says:

    I have a samsung s3 but i think i paid too much for at looking at it now the battery life gave alot of problems.

  49. Shariful Islam Razu says:

    Awesome article man. Love samsung galaxy s3

  50. Tarun says:

    Galaxy 3 is awesome smart phone i have this one and i like this great features.

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